November 23, 2020

Science Policy Events at Fall Meeting 2020

Posted by Stephen Albright

AGU’s annual Fall Meeting is just around the corner! Although Fall Meeting 2020 will look a little different than years past, we are thrilled to have the Earth and space science community together again in one virtual space. The Public Affairs Team has been busy preparing a packed schedule of science policy events for our members–whether you want to hear from experts on what the recent U.S. election means for science, learn the basics and start your journey into science policy,  or even take the next step into the policy world and learn more about the fellowship opportunities AGU offers, we have you covered. Check our schedule below for descriptions and links to each event. You can also find details of all Science Policy events here.

Recordings of all of our Fall Meeting events will be available to attendees until 15 February 2021. Go to the AGU Fall Meeting homepage to enter the meeting.

Questions about any events? Email [email protected].


Tuesday 1 December

Science in the Public Sphere: A Panel Discussion of the Implications for the Scientific Enterprise in the Aftermath of the 2020 U.S. Election

A panel of experts discuss the 2020 U.S. election and what it means for the future of science.

11:00am – 12:00pm EST

Science Policy Opportunities Panel

From small actions you can do on your phone to fellowship opportunities, learn about opportunities to engage in science policy.

1:00pm – 2:00pm EST


Wednesday 2 December

Strengths and Limitations of Scientific Integrity Policies

Attorneys from the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund discuss what scientists should know when encountering potential censorship or political interference.

9:00am – 10:00am EST

Where Do We Go from Here? The 2020 Election

Join us for a town hall to explore what the 2020 U.S. election means for science.

10:00am – 11:00am EST


Thursday 3 December

Science Policy Starts at Home: Community Science for Policy Solutions

Hear from a panel of experts who will discuss examples of how scientists and communities collaborate in response to community challenges with public policy implications. This session is the first in a two-part series.

9:30am – 10:30am EST


Friday 4 December

How to Become a Congressional Science Fellow or Mass Media Fellow

Join current and past fellows to learn more about AGU opportunities to work as a journalist or congressional staff. Both Congressional Science and Mass Media fellowships will benefit you on any career path, whether you are early, mid, or late career, or seeking a career in an academic field or not.

2:00pm – 3:00pm EST

Science Policy 101

How do you illustrate to a policymaker that your issue matters? How do you get a policymaker to take action? This three-part series will help you effectively communicate with any legislator. In this first session, you will learn about the ins and outs of Congress, how legislation is created and passed, and hear from science policy experts working on Capitol Hill about current science policy issues.

4:00pm – 5:00pm EST


Tuesday 8 December

Science and Society: Science Policy I

Join this oral session including presentations from scientists, policy makers, and science advocates who have worked at the interface of science and public policy.

10:00pm – 11:00pm EST


Wednesday 9 December

Science Policy Around the World

Hear from and engage with a panel of science policy experts about timely issues facing their nations or global regions, as well as ways in which scientists can get involved.

9:00am – 10:00am EST

Science Policy Starts at Home: Engaging at the State and Local Level

Join a panel of experts who will share insights about the importance and power of science policy engagements at the state and local level and how you can start making a difference right in your own community. This session is the second in a two-part series.

1:00pm – 2:00pm EST


Thursday 10 December

How Congressional Oversight Has Hurt and Helped Science

Hear from attorneys from the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund who will examine recent Congressional actions and their effects on science, and discuss necessary versus inappropriate uses of Congressional oversight powers.

9:00am – 10:00am EST

Messaging to Policymakers Workshop

This is the second of the three-part Science Policy 101 series. In this session, you will learn how to craft an effective message to any legislator.

10:30am – 11:30am EST


Friday 11 December

Virtual Advocacy Workshop

Join a panel of experts who will cover many ways to make a difference in science policy from home, whether you are tech savvy or not, and no matter how much time you have. From virtual meetings with policymakers to social media to traditional media, there are many options for virtual engagement. All levels of interest and experience are welcome.

11:00am – 12:00pm EST


Monday 14 December

Stronger Together: How to Build a Science Policy Community

Hear from scientists who have created or led science policy communities at their institution, who share best practices and lessons learned.

10:00am – 11:00am EST


Tuesday 15 December

Science and the First Amendment

Join attorneys from the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund who discuss how First Amendment rights have been used to protect free speech on university campuses, the rights of scientists to engage in political speech, and public protest rights for scientific and other demonstrations.

9:00am – 10:00am EST

International Science Policy and Diplomacy

Hear from and engage with experts from international science bodies such as the U.N., IPCC, and others about how these institutions help promote collaboration, a strong research enterprise, and sound science at a global scale.

2:00pm – 3:00pm EST


Wednesday 16 December

Storytelling for Policymakers Workshop (Series: 3/3)

This is the third and final of the three-part Science Policy 101 series. In this session, you’ll learn how to craft a compelling story that will stand out to busy legislators.

10:00am – 11:00am EST